Quiz the bold actress about the ad and she says, “It was shot in 2009 when I was not even a part of the film industry. Theatre artistes are usually called for auditions every month and this ad also came about in the same manner. The commercial had faced several problems before its release and was finally out in 2011.”
Aparna has made it clear that she looked at the opportunity as an actor. “I was a theatre artiste then and have done all kinds of odd jobs such as voiceovers, dubbing and holding theatre workshops to eke out a living. I gave the audition and got selected; the money paid to me was also good.” The bold Mollywood actress makes it clear she has no regrets doing the ad. She says, “I have no regrets. I am not endorsing such a product, neither is my face used to market the product.”
When asked about how she feels about it becoming a big rage on the internet suddenly, she says, “Once it’s on the internet it’s there forever. People did not even know me when I did the ad. It is only now that people know me as an actress. Someone must have suddenly made the connection and once they established that the person was Aparna Gopinath the actress, it went viral. The star image came to me two years after the ad was shot and that says a lot. I think people are smart enough to understand that. The ad agency was also not looking for a known face then and I never even existed for most people at that time.”
A lot of messages have poured in for the actress after the ad went viral. “Many asked me if they could share it on social networking sites. I don’t endorse the product and I don’t mind people sharing it. I am not saying, ‘hey guys, use it, this is awesome.’ I have done another national ad for a leading mobile network service provider. But nobody wants to post that online or talk about it. Controversies about such a product are common.
People are ready to talk about a fairness cream and the TRP for such a product is high. People may want to use a vagina tightening gel but they feel shy to discuss it. Some people even asked me if I got a sample of the product. It is funny to see how people react to such things. They want to try it out but don’t want to talk about it in the open. I don’t feel bad at all as I did it as part of my work,” signs off the artiste.